BESTMED TSHWANE CLASSIC
WHEN AND WHERE?
Date: 3 November 2019
Venue: Voortrekker Monument
Distances: 95KM & 50KM
ABOUT THE RACE
The third edition of the Bestmed Tshwane Classic, presented by Office National and Jacaranda FM, takes place on 3 November 2019. The race was presented for the first time in 2017 and was an incredible success, attracting 5700 riders. Last year the event built on this success and reached a participant total of 7000 cyclists.
The vision of the Bestmed Tshwane Classic is to present Tshwane’s version of the Cape Town Cycle Tour and Telkom 947 on totally closed roads, courtesy of significant buy-in from the Tshwane Local Government.
The event is an amazing journey for all of us in the organisation, which consisted of almost 700 individuals on race day on 4 November this year.
It’s a massive task indeed to position the event alongside the Cape Town Cycle Tour and 947 as the third mass participation city cycling event in South Africa, but after the second year of presentation, in which the event attracted 7000 cyclists, we believe that the race is now irrevocably set on its path.
Buy-in and support from the city increases year-on-year. This is pivotal to create safe passage for cyclists in the city centre, which enables the event to pass by incredible landmarks on the Pretoria landscape – Church Square, Union Buildings, Tshwane House, Tom Jenkins Drive, Freedom Park, Kgosi Mampuru II, and the Voortrekker Monument.
The route is at the essence of the success – an element underlined by participants on various platforms after the race. TMPD have grown immensely with us in the city centre route control, which has improved consistently over the past two years.
The Bestmed Tshwane Classic is an event which brings the people of Pretoria together for one day in a year to celebrate the city’s beauty, amazing sense of community and camaraderie.
These are all crucial elements in bringing positive change in difficult socio-economic conditions in South Africa and we are proud that the Bestmed Tshwane Classic is an enabler in this environment.
This race is very important to the city, a sentiment underlined by Tshwane Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga before starting his ride on race day in the 20km event last year.
It’s vital to Tshwane Metro that cyclists feel safe in their city and this event portrays their commitment and strong drive to promote non-motorised forms of transport in the city.
We have extended our sincere thanks to the Tshwane Metro, all stakeholders and sponsors as well as Pretoria’s residents on an array of platforms for accommodating this special race once a year.
It was amazing to see how accommodating and patient motorists have become over the past two years following an extensive awareness campaign in the lead-up. The event has captured the hearts of Pretoria residents and we are extremely privileged to play a part in something special which brings the people of the city together.
It is such a wonderful way to showcase the city and display Pretoria’s delightful capacity for hosting mass participation sports events.
On Sunday 3 November 2019 the third edition of the Bestmed Tshwane Classic will take place and it will take place on every first Sunday of November in years to come.
Tshwane represents the perfect location for a mass participation road cycling event with all the other major cities in South Africa hosting events of this nature, with Tshwane the only exception to the rule – until 2017.
The Tshwane Metro and Mayoral Committee have supported this initiative incredibly to create the event and we are committed to vesting this major sporting event in the nation’s capital and to remain sustainable. The event also represents a significant chapter in the history of our events company.
Tshwane’s big Cycle Classic has been in the making for a long time and by utilising the organising infrastructure of our company and our current good standing and relationships with metro police departments, we have created a safe, traffic free racing environment.
The Bestmed Tshwane Classic starts and finishes in the heart of Pretoria at the Voortrekker Monument. The Monument presents the perfect venue for a mass participation cycle race with ample secure parking and venue space to activate a delightful race village. It’s also the perfect vantage point for a route that includes all the major landmarks in Pretoria, such as the Union Buildings, Freedom Park and Church Square.
After just two years of presentation, the Tshwane Classic already constitutes Tshwane’s biggest single day challenge on a road bike and the third largest cycling race in South Africa.
The following roads are affected by the presentation of the Bestmed Tshwane Classic, which takes place on Sunday 3 November, starting and finishing at the Voortrekker Monument:
- Eeufees Road and from the R101 to Christiana De Wit in the direction N4
- Christiana De Wit to Kruger Street direction South
- Kruger Street up to Trichardt Street
- Trichardt Street from Kruger street to the R55
- R55 to M26 Main Road
- M26 Main Road to R511 Erasmia
- R511 to the N4 North
- N4 Both directions between Eskia Mpahlele and end of N4
- Struben Street - R101
- Struben Street to Edmond Street
- Edmond Street to Steve Bhiko Street
- Soutpansberg to Tom Jenkins from Steve Bikho Street
- Tom Jenkins Drive to Government Road
- Government Road
- Johannes Ramokgoase Street to Paul Kruger Street
- Paul Kruger Street to Church Square
- Church Square
- Visage Street to Schubert Street
- Schubert Street to Kgosi Mampuru Street in a Southerly direction
- Skietpoort Street to Kock Street
- Koch Street to Freedom Park
- Freedom Park
- Rodger Dyson Street to Industrial Road
- Industrial Road, R55 to Trans Oranje
- Trans Oranje Street to Struben Street
- Alternative Routes from the West of Pretoria (from Atteridgeville, West Park, Elandspoort, Kwaggasrand, Broederstroom): WF NKOMO RD, QUAGGA RD, ROD, STRACHAN STR, VAN DEN BERG, ALBERTYN AVENUE, MILLER STR, MORKEL STR AND TRANSORANJE.
- Alternative Routes from M1 to West: STAATATILERIE RD, (REBECCA STR WILL BE CLOSED) STRACHAN STR, WF NKOMO RD.
- Alternative from Hartbeespoort Dam to JOHANNESBURG AND SANDTON: R512 (R511 will be closed)
- Alternatives for Botha Ave & Trichart Rd East to West is the N1
- There are no alternatives for residents of Clubview North, Valhalla, Thaba Tshwane and Snake Valley, which includes Tec Base and Natjoints. People going to and from will be assisted over intersections by TMPD members when it’s safe to do so.
- R511 will have one lane closure towards the Freeway so R512 could serve as alternative for people going to Hartebeespoort Dam
- Residents from Lyttleton Manor nestled between Kruger Ave & Trichart Rd will be assisted.
- Alternative for the R101 is the R55 and members of the public will be assisted by TMPD members when it safe at the Wierda intersection
OFFICIAL PREMIER SEEDING EVENT
FOR THE CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR.
Official Start Times
95km Road race (White with green border)
|$||05h45||CSA Elite Men U/23|
|&||05h45||Junior Men (17-18)|
|VA||05h50||CSA Lic Vet Men (30-39)|
|VB||05h55||CSA Lic Vet Men (40-49)|
|VC||06h10||CSA Lic Vet Men (50-59)|
|%||06h20||CSA Lic Ladies|
50km Road race (White with yellow border)
|*||07h20||CSA Lic U15's and U17's|
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Bestmed Tshwane Classic race village is situated centrally inside the grounds of the Voortrekker Monument. The Monument offers more than enough parking and venue infrastructure to ensure a user-friendly experience for participants.
Specific features at the race village will include:
- Massage therapists on hand to massage tired legs.
- Top-quality start/finish shoot
- Easy access to ample parking, entertainment and restroom facilities
- Spectator-friendly area
- Bike-tech area
- Kiddies race
- Exciting give-aways and competitions
Cycle Lab Fourways
Wednesday 30 October 2019, from 10:00 – 17:00
The Bicycle Company Centurion
Thursday 31 November 2019, from 10:00 – 17:00
Solomons Cycles, Pretoria East, Gift Acres Shopping Centre, Lynnwood Road
Friday 1 November 2019, from 10:00-17:00
Solomons Cycles, Pretoria North (529 Gerrit Maritz Street)
Saturday 2 November 2019, from 09:00 – 13:00
5km kiddies and celebrity race: R50
500m kiddies race: R50
Entries close at 23h59 on Tuesday 22 October 2019
Each rider must complete a separate entry form or enter as required online.
Please fill in your tandem-partner’s name and ID. Both Tandem riders must wear Race Tec timing chips to have a result and seeding for the event.
Timing results for both the road and mountain bike events to be done by Race Tec.
Each entrant must be in the possession of a Race Tec timing chip to receive timing.
Each cyclist must carry the Race Tec timing chip for the duration of the event.
NO CHIP: NO RESULTS, NO PRIZE MONEY, NO TROPHY.
Race Tec timing chips will be for sale at the registration venues as well as at the start at a cost of R130.00
cut off will be 8:30 at the 10km turn around
Cut off 1 : at 30km split point 9:15am
Cut off 2 : at Morgan rd 38km 11:30am
Cut off 3 : at 50km , bototm of Government rd 13:00
Fnl CUT : 14:00 at the finish
Cut of onto short route : at 30km split point on N4 : 8:45am all cyclists will then be turned onto short route
Cut off 1 : at 50km Long distance turn on N4 10:00
Cut off 2 : at 74km Morgan rd 11:30
Cut off 3: at 88km bottom of government rd :13:00
Fnl Cut off : 14:00 at the finish
No cyclist may use another person’s cycling number.
If you are unable to ride, someone may take your place with a letter of authorization from you.
Your entry fee will not be refunded and the substitute participant will be required to pay a fee of R60 over and above the applicable entry fee.
Distance changes will be treated as a substitution.
No substitutions will be allowed on race day, regardless of circumstance.
Your entry fee will not be refunded.
NO HELMET NO RIDE
Ample Lead and sweep vehicles will be available as well as a strong contingent from Metro Police.
All participants are deemed to have acquainted themselves with the rules and regulations and are bound to them.
Cyclists must at all times obey the instructions of the traffic officers and marshals and comply strictly with the rules of the road, unless authorized to the contrary by a traffic officer or a marshal.
Failure to comply will lead to disqualification.
Prize giving will start at the Voortrekker Monument at 12:00 or as soon after results dependant.
A lucky draw will take place.
No prize money will be handed to winners before the prize giving, regardless of circumstance.
You will forfeit the prize money / trophy if you are not present at the prize giving.
The provisional results of the event will be available within 24 hours on the website: www.racetec.co.za
Any objections must be tabled with the race organizer / referee / CSA officials within 1 hour after the finish of the race, and accompanied by a payment of R100. Further changes to the results must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 7 days after the race. NO CHANGES will be made thereafter, as they cannot be included in the National Seeding Index.
The race organizers have complete discretion in deciding whether to accept the entry of a participant. The organisers retain the right to refuse the entry of any rider should they so decide. All race results will be in the hands of the race organisers whose decision will be final, there being no right of appeal.
For any further enquiries please contact email@example.com
95km Route Description:
- Once through the start shoot the route heads under the N1 Freeway and makes a right turn onto Christiana De Wit for a steady 6km climb up to the right turn onto Wierda Road.
- Once on Wierda Road the race goes over Old JHB Road and past Zwartkops Golf Course towards the R55 where at 17 km riders take a right turn onto the R55.
- The M26 is a long undulating stretch through an area of predominantly smallholdings and a few new developments.
- At 36km riders take a right onto the R511 all the way to Hartbeespoort and the N4 connection.
- At 54k the route pops over and onto the N4 Highway
- For the next 20km its all open freeway on the N4 back towards the CBD. The wind can be a factor on this stretch and it is slightly uphill all the way, so make sure to keep a bit in the tank.
- Once you join the short route at 75km you head straight to the left turn onto Steve Biko at 78km
- Once onto Steve Biko it’s a short downhill before taking the sharp right onto Soutpansberg - be careful at this point as the surface is a bit loose
- Soutpansberg Road presents the perfect time to regather and reset the mind because at 86km the route takes a right turn onto what is certainly the challenge of the day – TOM JENKINS!
- The organisation feels Tom Jenkins really brings a great dynamic to the event and it’s honestly a feather in the cap of anyone who can say they have conquered the climb. Tom Jenkins is only about 1km in length but it takes massive effort to tame this beast.
- Once at the top it’s a welcome downhill past the Union buildings and time to take in the view over the city.
- Following the descent past the Union Buildings in Government Avenue, the race goes left onto Madiba Road, left into Stanza Bopape, right onto Eastwood, right into Jorisson and left into Visagie Street.
- The race carries on with Visagie all the way to Schubart Street (R101), into Kgosi Mampuru, past the prison with the same name, and then takes the off-ramp Pretoria Main R101 towards the Monument.The last left turn is into Roger Dyson
- before the finish onto Eeufees Road.
50km Route Description
- The race start is again in Eeufees Road at the entrance to the Voortrekker Monument.
- Contrary to the 95km route, the 50km starts in the opposite direction on Eeufees Road and heads straight to the N4.
- It goes out and back on the N4, joining the 95km route when the long distance links up with the N4 on the way back from Hartbeespoort.
- After joining the long ride, the route heads straight to the left turn onto Steve Biko, right onto Soutpansberg and right turn onto Tom Jenkins.
- Once at the top of Tom Jenkins, it’s a welcome downhill past the Union buildings and then onto the new city section!
- Following the descent past the Union Buildings in Government Avenue, the race goes left onto Madiba Road, left into Stanza Bopape, right onto Eastwood, right into Jorisson and left into Visagie Street.
- The race carries on with Visagie all the way to Schubart Street (R101), into Kgosi Mampuru, past the prison with the same name, and then takes the off-ramp Pretoria Main R101 towards the Monument.
- The last left turn is into Roger Dyson before the finish onto Eeufees Road.
5km kiddies and celebrity race
500m kiddies race
ENTRIES CLOSING IN:
Hectic Promotions Charity projects for 2019 (Cycle4Food is a registered NPO):
- CHOC FOUNDATION
More info on www.choc.org.za
More info on www.cansa.org.za
These unique recycling projects are aimed at assisting needy individuals and communities in providing education and active involvement in recycling to improve their living conditions.
We work on the principle that it’s better to teach someone to fish rather than dishing out food.
Our involvement doesn’t entail simply the dishing out of recycling tools, but rather promoting recycling to the benefit of our environment. We have teamed up with a community of car guards who form part of the Tshwane Recycling Project and actively collect and recycle daily.
These car guards work long hours to try and make a living to support their families. In addition to their “normal” jobs they are also remunerated for their active role in recycling and thereby they assist in keeping our environment green for generations to come.
This project is situated in Lyttleton Road. The recycling area is fenced off to hide it from sight.
This group is well-organised, and our task is now to extend this programme into other communities.
- Growing vegetables:
Vehicle tyres can’t be recycled because of their high oil content. We have received a donation of 3000 tyres and the Tshwane Metro has made facilities available at clinics where we can teach patients and needy individuals how to grow vegetables in these tyres.
The project kicked off early February last year. The upkeep of the project involves a skilled leader who receives training from us in the sustainable growth of vegetables on an intense, micro scale. We are in the process of setting up a course guide book and the course will be accredited upon completion.
- Winter Woollies Knitting project:
The knitting project is making wonderful progress. In 2017 our knitting ladies from various old age homes knitted 400 beanies which were handed out at schools during the winter of 2017.
In the winter of 2018 the contribution was 1800 beanies and our aim is to increase this figure to 2500 in 2019.
Besides the delightful beanies which are knitted, the process also provides a feeling of belonging for these otherwise lonely elderly ladies and they have a wonderful sense of contribution to society.
Our need here is for wool. The more wool we can supply the more beanies our ladies can knit.
- Improving learning ability at schools:
Drs Ryna du Plooy and Louisa Meyer have completed courses required to present this wonderful initiative which is centred around the use of Lego blocks to improve learning ability. Through our cycling initiatives we have built up a strong relationship with the Danish embassy in Pretoria who assist with blocks, which are manufactured in Denmark.
Research has shown that the children’s learning ability increases dramatically through this program and we are very excited with its implementation.
- Decorating the Tshwane Medical Clinics
We also use the tyres donated to create beautifully sculpted “recycled “decorations for clinics in Tshwane.
We employed a previously unemployed individual, Joseph Ntuli, last year, sent him on a gardening course and funded him to get a drivers’ license.
We provide him with tools, hardware and tyres and pay him a monthly salary of R6 000.
He donates his sculptures to the Tshwane Metro which they use to decorate their clinics. The clinics mostly serve the poor and the idea is to liven up the otherwise gloomy atmosphere which governs these clinics to lift patients’ spirits.
The clinics that have benefitted from the upliftment project include Rooihuiskraal, Eldoraigne, Lyttelton and Atteridgeville.
We have also decorated numerous schools in previously disadvantaged areas.
The Tshwane Metro have made two buildings available to the project. We use one as a workshop and the other as storage for completed sculptures.
At first it was a foreign concept for Joseph, but he has become a master and we are even now considering a formal exhibition of his sought-after sculptures.
We would like to train as many unemployed individuals as possible to follow in Joseph’s footsteps. As humanity we all have an obligation to do something for impoverished communities and it’s our task to facilitate this on as large a scale as possible.
- Free race entry to development riders.
All cycling events presented by us afford free entry for development riders. Over the most recent presentations of the events, we have provided free entry to approximately 1000 riders. A total of 700 previously disadvantaged riders took part in the 2018 Tshwane Classic.
- Creating further employment opportunities
Our knitting and tyre decoration projects offer training and enterprise opportunities. We would like to teach the skills learnt by Joseph to other unemployed individuals and we would also like to encourage enterprise creation within members of the community by teaching them how to knit and then to sell their knitted creations.
- Revamping Libraries.
The Tshwane Metro struggles to set aside enough funds for upkeep of their facilities and in the past few years public libraries have really started to decay. We have completed a revamp of the Eldoraigne Library by fixing ceilings, repainting and establishing a beautiful garden at the library.
Charities that will benefit from the event include the Cancer Association of South Africa and the Keep Tshwane Clean/ THUSO LEFATSHE project by Tshwane Metro and Hectic Promotions.The aim with this project is to improve the working conditions of the people who search for re-usable and recyclable material in dustbins and to make the people of Tshwane more aware of the important task these people are doing and in the process to promote recycling. South Africa is at present ranked fifth lowest in the world in recycling. We have a responsibility towards Mother Earth and future generations.